5/16/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Omegalord - Hammer Down - 2004 - Indy Release
Outside of a few EPs this is the debut from the group. Omegalord was formed in 2001 in and around Philadelphia, with the band's focus on a hard rock revolution. With this new album the band seems to be leading the cause, a monumental uprising to push the envelope and allow more metal wattage into the hard rock fascade. Led by the pulpit preaching of The Reverend, this school of worship cuts their teeth on the sounds of the 70s, really combining two monsters together with Black Sabbath and Stephenwolf. Their rough and tumble style fits like a glove, delivering bone breaking grooves with sweat and vigor. With the combination of Deebo and J. Sun, the group's guitar sound is just rattling, with plenty of doom drenched anthems carrying the record from top to bottom. Fans of Black Label Society, Monster Magnet, and even Queens Of The Stone Age will find plenty to like here, but I honestly think the more hardcore doom enthusiasts will find much more.
Right out of the gate is "Skull Bong", a rip roar ride of bottom heavy groove. The Reverend is the commander here, with his muscle showing through with a rough, street smart voice that seems to have a more southern luster to it. Zak Wylde comes to mind but honestly I feel that The Reverend has a smoother delivery and approach. J. Sun and Deebo show off amazing strengths, but bassist Chauncy delivers some solid lines that are really upfront in the mix. "Smokescreen" could have been written by COC, with a faster, almost punk inspired arrangement that showcases the band's speed and finesse. The Steppenwolf influence shines on "Roarin' Through", while England's leading doom brigade, Cathedral, injects some inspiration in "Hostile City", a cut that has a Lee Dorian type of effect. Favorite cuts for me are "Never Coming Bak", "Skull Bong", and "Turn To Stone".
This is probably one of the better debuts I've heard in recent memory. This is true as steel, raw metal power that doesn't seem to have any limitations. It is hard to find this much energy on an album these days but Omegalord proves they are different, they are truly in this for the long, brutal haul. I wish the band the absolute best of luck. The planet needs more of these types, the rugged, top heavy bands that just don't give a damn about trends or who's who. These are the blue collar warriors, backstreet brawlers with one goal and one goal only, to step up and DELIVER. Out of the fog of pool hall smoke, dim lights, and empty bottles comes Omegalord, your rock and roll saviour.
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